Tara’s Healthy, Homemade Baked Granola

January 3, 2013

Just yesterday, in a lovely holiday gift package, our friends at ART Restaurant and Lounge in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Seattle sent over a sample of pastry chef Tara Sedor’s Homemade Baked Granola.

And boy, was it ever good!

Tara was kind enough to share her recipe, and you can even view a step-by-step photo tutorial on the Four Seasons’s Facebook page.

To make the recipe at home, you will need:

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1 cup dried fruit, such as dried cherries, dried apricots, dark or golden raisins, or a mix

Milk or plain yogurt

1. Preheat the oven to 300 °F. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet or spray with nonstick spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, brown sugar, and salt.

3. Add the maple syrup and honey and stir well until all of the oats are evenly coated. Give the mixture one final stir.

4. Transfer the granola to the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly over the pan. Reserve the mixing bowl.

5. Place the granola in the oven and bake until golden brown, mixing the granola every 20 minutes with a heatproof spatula, about 1 hour.

6. Transfer the granola back into the reserved mixing bowl. Add the dried fruit and mix until distributed throughout.

7. Store the granola in an airtight container or Zip-loc plastic storage bag.

8. To serve, divide the granola among cereal bowls and top with milk or plain yogurt.

Cook’s Hint: For New Year’s gift-giving, fill a Mason jar or goodie bag with the freshly made granola. Add a ribbon or bow and gift to very lucky family members or friends.


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